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ERIC Number: EJ857651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
School-Based Mentoring: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Henry, Leon
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n5 p45-46 Jan 2009
Students attacking other students. Students attacking teachers, support staff, and even community members. Disrespectful and threatening language, overwhelmed or inattentive parents, and an administrative system that often appears unable to bring back order in the classroom. These are stories have become an everyday part of teaching in urban America. Baltimore City, one of the most challenged regions in the country, has long suffered from the effects of entrenched poverty that creates an almost inescapable cycle of violence, ignorance, and marginal living. But, Baltimore has realized that it doesn't have to be this way forever. Though the challenges of educating the next generation and creating a new wave of "academic superstars" is daunting, there are proven community support systems that have made dramatic changes in the social, cultural, and academic lives of these children. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has been a mainstay in the Baltimore area for over 50 years. Its mission is to help boys and girls grow up to be confident, competent, and caring young adults. BBBS achieves this by creating and supporting mentoring relationships between children in schools and positive, engaged, successful community members.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland